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Win Copies of Books on Two Great Modernists: Adolf Loos and Paul T. Frankl

Five copies each of Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait and Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography, both from Doppelhouse Press, will be given away

October 22, 2014

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are: Jules Giankos, Naomi Hirano, Angela Brevidoro, Yong Feng See, and Sophie Wedd. We’re giving away books on the lives and work of two major early modernist designers: pioneering architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933) and Art Deco furniture and interiors designer Paul T. Frankl (1886–1958).  Five winners will each receive a copy of Adolf Loos: A Private Portraitby Claire Beck Loos, and Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography, edited by Christopher Long and Aurora McClain and selected as one of the five most beautiful books designed in Austria in 2013; both books are published by Doppelhouse Press. Enter to win (details below) through Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST).

Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait, by Claire Beck Loos, edited by Carrie Paterson; translated by Constance C. Pontasch and Nicholas Saunders, 2011 (Doppelhouse Press). 5.25 x 7.25 inches, hardcover, 200 pages, 35 black-and-white illustrations

Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait is an intimate biography of the early Modern architect Adolf Loos written by the architect’s last wife, Claire Beck Loos. Lively and often humorous vignettes provide “Snapshots” of the last years of Loos’s life (1929–33), and reveal the personality and philosophy that helped shape Modern architecture in Vienna and the Czech lands. Claire Beck Loos was a photographer and writer, born in 1904 in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. Her immediate and extended families were Jewish industrialists and early clients of Loos. An introduction and afterword frame the first English translation of the work, which was originally published in German in 1936 to help pay for Loos’s tombstone. A contribution by Janet Beck Wilson, Claire’s surviving niece, and never-before seen photographs supplement the text.

Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography edited by Christopher Long and Aurora McClain, 2013 (Doppelhouse Press). 6 x 9 inches, hardcover, 251 pages, 85 black-and-white illustrations

Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography: Viennese émigré Paul T. Frankl (1886–1958) was one of the pioneers of early modern design in the United States known for his “Skyscraper” furniture of the 1920s, his work for New York trend-setters and the Hollywood élite in the 1930s and early 1940s, as well as his many original pieces in rattan and work for the Johnson Furniture Company. A prolific and influential writer about design, Frankl was the author of five books, including Form and Re-Form (1930) and Machine-Made Leisure (1932). When Frankl died of cancer in 1958, he left his nearly complete autobiography. This never-before published work, written at the end of Frankl’s long career in a captivating style, is a vivid account of his early life, his rise in the profession, and his many travels in search of ideas and forms. Accompanying Frankl’s text are eighty-five photographs and drawings, many of which have never previously been published. The book also includes an introduction by the noted design scholar Christopher Long and a remembrance written by his daughter Paulette Frankl.

Enter the drawing to win a copy of each of these books (each winner receives both books). Note: Entrants must possess a U.S. shipping address. We regret that we cannot ship any books offered in this giveaway to non-U.S. addresses.

Win copies of Adolf Loos and Paul T. Frankl

The drawing for Adolf Loos and Paul T. Frankl, courtesy of Doppelhouse Press, starts today, October 22, 2014, and ends Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 11:59 PM (EST).

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